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1948/49 CENTRAL ALLIANCE FINAL TABLE

  P W D L F A Pts
1 Whitwick Colliery 30 22 5 3 96 30 49
2 South Normanton Miners Welfare 30 21 3 6 102 43 45
3 ILKESTON TOWN 30 17 3 10 84 49 37
4 Nottingham Forest 'A' 30 13 8 9 67 53 34
5 Heanor Athletic 30 14 5 11 80 61 33
6 Teversal & Silverhill Colliery 30 14 5 11 76 61 33
7 Retford Town 30 14 4 12 82 73 32
8 Ollerton Colliery 30 14 3 13 66 49 31
9 Shirebrook Supporters 30 14 3 13 65 74 31
10 Matlock Town 30 13 3 14 77 71 29
11 Warsop Working Mens Club 30 13 3 14 56 88 29
12 Worksop Town 30 9 7 14 74 88 25
13 Mansfield Town 'A' 30 11 3 16 57 76 25
14 Midland Woodworkers 30 8 3 19 72 100 19
15 Bolsover Colliery 30 7 4 19 43 103 18
16 Derby Carriage & Wagon 30 4 2 24 32 110 10



1948/49 CENTRAL ALLIANCE RESULTS

DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
21 AUG WARSOP WORKING MENS CLUB W11-1 BOOTH 5, CLARKE (OG), GRANT, RAMAGE 2 (2PENS), LEDGER, HOWE
04 SEP TEVERSAL & SILVERHILL COLLIERY L2-4 HOWE, BURROWS
11 SEP Warsop Working Mens Club W6-1 BACON 3, GRANT, BOOTH 2
25 SEP Retford Town L1-3 BOOTH
09 OCT Bolsover Colliery D2-2 SAVAGE, GRANT (PEN)
23 OCT Shirebrook Supporters W1-0 BOOTH
30 OCT RETFORD TOWN L3-5 SAVAGE 2, GRANT
06 NOV DERBY CARRIAGE & WAGON W5-0 1883 SAVAGE 2, CHAPLIN, BOOTH, GRANT
27 NOV SHIREBROOK SUPPORTERS W6-1 BOOTH 2, SAVAGE 4
04 DEC Ollerton Colliery W3-2 SAVAGE 2, ELLMER
11 DEC Midland Woodworkers W10-2 BOOTH 2, BELL 5, GRANT, SAVAGE, MCNAUGHTON
18 DEC MANSFIELD TOWN 'A' L0-2 1578
25 DEC Heanor Athletic W2-0 BOOTH 2
26 DEC HEANOR ATHLETIC W3-0 2304 BELL, WHATE, BOOTH
15 JAN Worksop Town W2-1 JOHNSON 2
22 JAN WORKSOP TOWN D2-2 2468 BAIRD (OG), MCNAUGHTON
29 JAN Matlock Town W2-1 JOHNSON, BELL
05 MAR WHITWICK COLLIERY L0-2 1559
12 MAR OLLERTON COLLIERY L1-2 1301 BELL
19 MAR Nottingham Forest 'A' W2-1 HOWE, BOOTH
26 MAR NOTTINGHAM FOREST 'A' W3-1 1745 HOWE, BOOTH 2
02 APR BOLSOVER COLLIERY W5-0 1970 MCNAUGHTON, HOWE 2, MARTIN 2
09 APR Mansfield Town 'A' L3-5 BOOTH 3
15 APR MATLOCK TOWN L0-3
16 APR Teversal & Silverhill Colliery L1-2 BELL
19 APR South Normanton Miners Welfare D1-1 MCLOCHLAN
23 APR Derby Carriage & Wagon W2-0 MCLOCHLAN 2
25 APR SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE W1-0 1479 BURROWS (PEN)
26 APR Whitwick Colliery L0-3
07 MAY MIDLAND WOODWORKERS W4-2 1210 MCLOCHLAN 2, MARTIN 2



1948/49 FA CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS
PR 18 SEP SHERWOOD COLLIERY W3-0 BOOTH 3
1QR 02 OCT LINBY COLLIERY L0-3  



1948/49 DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
1R 08 JAN DERBY CORINTHIANS W4-1 MCNAUGHTON 2, BELL 2
QF 12 FEB SHEEPBRIDGE W4-1 1652 BELL, BOOTH 2, GRANT
SF 18 APR STANTON IRONWORKS W4-1 2420 MCNAUGHTON 3, BOOTH
F 14 MAY SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE D1-1aet 4100 MCLOCHLAN

NB. The Final was replayed early the following season.


1948/49 DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
1R 16 OCT STANTON IRONWORKS W4-2   HEMBURY, BOOTH, BURROWS (PEN), MCNAUGHTON
2R 13 NOV DERBY CARRIAGE & WAGON W5-2aet 1330 BOOTH, MCNAUGHTON, SAVAGE, CHAPLIN 2
QF 01 JAN South Normanton Miners Welfare W3-2   BOOTH, BELL, STACEY (PEN)
SF 19 FEB GRESLEY ROVERS L0-3 2650  



1948/49 CENTRAL ALLIANCE LEAGUE CUP RESULTS

ROUND DATE OPPONENTS RESULT ATT SCORERS
1R 05 FEB DERBY CARRIAGE & WAGON W2-0 1496 BOOTH, BELL
QF 26 FEB Heanor Athletic L1-2 JOHNSON

WARSOP WALLOPED
21ST AUGUST 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 11 WARSOP WORKING MENS CLUB 1
Pearce twice went close for Warsop during the opening five minutes but after that it was totally one way as Ilkeston made the best possible start to the season. Warsop did manage to score and could count themselves unfortunate when White left the pitch injured, unable to continue, after only ten minutes but Ilkeston were already three goals up. Alwyn Booth put Town ahead on 6 minutes, Clarke could only direct debutant Ken Ledger’s cross into his own net a minute later and Arthur Grant scored with a cross shot in the tenth minute. Peter Ramage scored from the spot following a handball and Booth added two more to complete a first half hat-trick.

Ramage scored from the spot again after Ledger was felled soon after the break before Booth scored twice more to make it nine. Ledger and Nathan Howe added further goals before the end.

TEVERSAL TURN IT ON AFTER INTERVAL
4TH SEPTEMBER 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 2 TEVERSAL & SILVERHILL COLLIERY 4
Ilkeston came crashing back down to earth after Nathan Howe had given them a deserved first half lead. The second half could not have been more different as the rampant visitors thumped in four goals including a hat-trick from Riley. Briggs scored the other.

Town tried to salvage some pride but Alwyn Booth was denied three times by visiting ‘keeper Gunstone. Syd Burrows did manage a consolation goal with a terrific 35 yard free kick.

DEJA VU FOR WARSOP
11TH SEPTEMBER 1948
WARSOP WORKING MENS CLUB 1 ILKESTON TOWN 6
Town were much the better side for most of the game and even though they were hampered by a couple of injuries they won comfortably. Bacon gave them the lead on 17 minutes when he beat two men before unleashing a 25 yard drive which went in off the post. Peter Ramage twisted a foot on 37 minutes and although he returned to the action promptly he was a passenger for the rest of the game. Undeterred Arthur Grant made it two and Alwyn Booth added another a minute later.

Bacon scored the fourth soon after half time before Warsop scored their only goal when Rhodes took advantage of a defensive mix up. The home team began to play better, especially when Cyril Fisher fell heavily and became the second Ilkeston player to be virtually immobile. Warsop failed to further reduce the arrears, however, and Bacon completed his hat-trick with a fine solo goal when he beat a couple of defenders, rounded the ‘keeper, and rolled the ball into the net. Booth scored in similar fashion to complete the scoring.

A STROLL AGAINST SHERWOOD
18TH SEPTEMBER 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 3 SHERWOOD COLLIERY 0 (FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND)
Ilkeston were much the superior side and would have won by a greater margin but for missing a string of chances. Sherwood kept battling away and almost scored when Devney rattled the bar in the second half but Town were already two goals ahead at this point. Town’s hero was Alwyn Booth who scored all three goals. He finished delightfully to put them in the driving seat before half-time before adding two more after the break. His second came when he beat the advancing Cassidy to the ball and placed the ball into the net. His hat-trick came when he rose to meet Robinson’s high cross to head the ball into the roof of the net.

EARLY SETBACKS ROCK UNLUCKY TOWN
25TH SEPTEMBER 1948
RETFORD TOWN 3 ILKESTON TOWN 1
The score didn’t really reflect the game as Ilkeston played well and deserved at least a point. The damage was done in the first 20 minutes when Retford raced into a three goal lead with breakaway efforts by Dexter, Gallacher and Hill. Ilkeston continued to do almost all of the attacking but were unlucky in the final third. Retford ‘keeper Moss was in inspired form, denying Alwyn Booth on several occasions before half time. Booth also hit the bar and twice went close. Town had a further setback when Arthur Grant took a knock after half an hour and spent the rest of the game limping. Booth got the goal he deserved two minutes before half time when he shot fiercely into the corner.

Retford were penned back for virtually the whole of the second half but Ilkeston’s endeavours counted for nothing.

LINBY SEND TOWN OUT OF CUP
2ND OCTOBER 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 0 LINBY COLLIERY 3 (FA CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND)
Linby, of the Notts Alliance, ended with a deserved victory when they took control in the second half. Fast and direct they knocked Town, who played pretty but ineffective football, out of their stride. Ilkeston should have taken the lead on 12 minutes when Alwyn Booth was fouled but Peter Ramage’s penalty was saved. Linby got the lead on 25 minutes when Woods tucked the ball home after Syd Burrows had cleared off the line. Booth came close before the break but Thornley turned his shot over.

Thornley made several other saves after half time before Linby took complete control. Syd Burrows had to clear off the line and Coleman struck the bar before Haywood’s rising shot made it two. The third came when Briggs did well to parry Woods’ piledriver but Haywood was on hand to score the rebound.

INJURIES HAMPER ILKESTON
9TH OCTOBER 1948
BOLSOVER COLLIERY 2 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston returned from Bolsover with a point when they could easily have got two. That they did not was probably due to a couple of injuries sustained during the game. Cyril Fisher injured his knee early on and became a passenger but worse was to follow when goalkeeper Briggs was injured early in the second half. He moved out of goal to play on the wing whilst the already stricken Fisher took over between the posts.

Town fell behind to a Slaney shot from 18 yards but they improved as the first half wore on but without reward. They continued to attack after the break and were unfortunate when Alwyn Booth’s header was controversially ruled out for offside. There was no doubt about Billy Savage’s long range swerving shot that levelled the scores, however. Bolsover had wretched luck of their own when their goalkeeper broke a finger saving at Booth’s feet and he took no further part yet it was they who took the lead for a second time. Stand-in ‘keeper Fisher was unable to hold a shot and Quinn was on hand to score. Just when all seemed lost for Ilkeston Booth was brought down and Arthur Grant held his nerve to score from the spot.

STANTON SLIP OUT OF CUP
16TH OCTOBER 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 4 STANTON IRONWORKS 2 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP FIRST ROUND)
A greasy surface made life difficult for the players in an otherwise entertaining local derby. Town had to wait only four minutes before taking the lead when Frank Hembury flicked in Bacon’s centre. Stanton levelled when Albert Ball could only slice his attempted backpass into his own net. This gave the visitors heart but Ilkeston started to get on top as half time approached. Alwyn Booth, Cyril Whate and Hembury each went close.

Ilkeston took the lead in the second half through a Booth diving header and they extended their lead with a Syd Burrows penalty after Whate was fouled. Sysson’s excellent first time shot reduced the arrears but Town made the game safe when Gibson McNaughton headed home an Arthur Grant corner.

ILKESTON HOLD ON TO TAKE POINTS
23RD OCTOBER 1948
SHIREBROOK SUPPORTERS 0 ILKESTON TOWN 1
Ilkeston came away with a deserved win after surviving a late bombardment from Shirebrook. The home side had chances as they threw everything at Town including one glorious opportunity in the dying minutes. But earlier in the game Ilkeston were well in control of a match filled with quality football. The deciding goal came in the first half when Frank Hembury provided a chance for Alwyn Booth who made no mistake.

RETFORD RUN RIOT IN FIRST HALF
30TH OCTOBER 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 3 RETFORD TOWN 5
Retford Town taught Ilkeston a lesson in finishing during a remarkable first half. Ilkeston enjoyed plenty of the ball but created little whilst Retford were happy to sit back and counter with clinical finishing. Ilkeston’s defence looked shaky and failed to cope with the visiting attack. Mann, Donnelly with two, and Shaw all scored before the break. Ilkeston could point to the loss of Cyril Whate through injury for much of the half but it would probably have made little difference.

To be fair to Ilkeston they improved greatly after the break but it was too much to ask of them to come back. Nevertheless they made a brave attempt. Jack Stacey’s pass set up Billy Savage for the first and although Donnelly completed his hat-trick Town continued to put up a brave fight. Alwyn Booth was fouled and Arthur Grant scored from the rebound after his initial spot kick was saved. Savage scored a fine third goal before Ilkeston ran out of time.

TOWN STROLL TO VICTORY
6TH NOVEMBER 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 5 DERBY CARRIAGE & WAGON 0
Bottom club Derby C&W visited the Manor Ground and as expected returned home with nothing. Ilkeston scored twice in the first half, the first coming from a sweet 18 yard strike from Billy Savage after he was set up by Gibson McNaughton. Savage turned provider soon after when his corner was headed in by Horace Chaplin.

Ilkeston continued where they left off after the interval. Savage’s cross was touched on by Chaplin for Alwyn Booth to score with a flying header. The fourth came when Chaplin’s shot was parried by Morley into the path of Savage for a simple finish. Arthur Grant concluded the scoring near the end when he broke clear from halfway before netting with a low drive.

ILKESTON EASE THROUGH AFTER SECOND HALF SHOCK
13TH NOVEMBER 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 5 DERBY CARRIAGE & WAGON 2 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP 2ND ROUND)
Ilkeston safely booked a place in the last 16 against a Derby C&W team who showed much greater spirit than a week earlier. Town appeared to be strolling to victory on a muddy pitch when Alwyn Booth put them ahead during the first half but the visitors stunned them with two goals in the opening 15 minutes of the second half. On 55 minutes Harrison hammered the ball into the roof of the net and they took the lead soon after through Higgins. Stunned into action Ilkeston stepped up a gear. Gibson McNaughton was just off target, Booth’s cross flew across the face of the goal and McNaughton struck the inside of the post. Finally McNaughton equalised from close range to take the game into extra time.

Ilkeston eventually made their superiority count. Billy Savage scored a beauty before Horace Chaplin netted twice to ensure victory.

SHIREBROOK SAVAGED DESPITE CHAPLIN INJURY
27TH NOVEMBER 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 6 SHIREBROOK SUPPORTERS 1
Town dug deep to produce a remarkable win against the odds thanks in particular to a rousing final twenty minutes when Billy Savage destroyed the visitors. They took the lead on 5 minutes when Alwyn Booth took advantage of a fine Gibson McNaughton pass. Almost immediately Maddison equalised for Shirebrook. Horace Chaplin pulled a muscle after 10 minutes and although he returned briefly it was soon obvious that he could not continue. He never played for Ilkeston again. Ten man Town fought well for the remainder of the half but they saved their best for after the break.

Ilkeston threw everything at Shirebrook but they had to wait until the 70th minute before they regained the lead, Savage scoring the first of his four goals after Arthur Grant’s shot came back off the post. Savage scored from close range minutes later and then he completed his hat-trick with a well placed shot. Booth scored the fifth when he headed McNaughton’s cross high into the net before Savage completed the rout when he beat two defenders for pace and shot home.

ILKESTON BATTLE TO VICTORY
4TH DECEMBER 1948
OLLERTON COLLIERY 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Ilkeston dug deep to hold on to the points in a hard fought match between two evenly matched teams. Town had the bulk of the chances in the goalless first half. Alwyn Booth struck the bar, Frank Bell’s left footer was saved by Case, and the same player fired inches wide when he latched on to Booth’s through ball. But the best chance fell to Ollerton. On 42 minutes Jones fired his penalty kick wide.

Ilkeston got themselves into a winning position soon after the break. First on 50 minutes Booth sent Billy Savage clear to score with a first time shot. Two minutes later Savage tucked away his second. When Ollerton went down to ten men due to an injury to Owen it seemed as if Ilkeston were certain of victory but the home side fought back brilliantly. Cyril Fisher conceded a penalty and this time Johnson scored. Two minutes later Wright equalised with a first time shot. Ilkeston’s winner came from an outstanding effort by Frank Ellmer. He beat four men before lobbing over the advancing Case. Town somehow survived a torrid final ten minutes, Ben Hall making several good stops.

WOODWORKERS HAMMERED
11TH DECEMBER 1948
MIDLAND WOODWORKERS 2 ILKESTON TOWN 10
Ilkeston’s visit to Melton Mowbray was a happy one as they well and truly destroyed the home side. Yet the match began badly for Town when Garner capitalised on Syd Burrows’ error on 4 minutes to put the Splinters ahead. Ilkeston were soon level when Alwyn Booth cracked the ball past Childs. Booth then set up Frank Bell for a carbon copy goal minutes later. Bell turned provider to set up Arthur Grant for the third and then Gibson McNaughton’s perfect pass was put away by Bell for the fourth. Ben Hall was to blame for the home side’s second when he allowed Dunkley’s mishit shot to trickle through his legs but Ilkeston scored a fifth on 43 minutes. Grant’s overhead kick was headed into the net by Bell for a first half hat-trick.

Town overwhelmed the Splinters after half time. Billy Savage extended the lead with a first time shot minutes after the restart, Bell then made it seven before Booth found McNaughton for number eight. There was an element of controversy about the next goal. Booth’s shot appeared to hit the post but the referee ruled that the ball had crossed the line. Bell scored his fifth and Ilkeston’s tenth in the final few minutes.

UNLUCKY ILKESTON FALL TO STAGS
18TH DECEMBER 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 0 MANSFIELD TOWN "A" 2
Mansfield, superbly marshalled by Les Smith (later an Ilkeston legend), came away from the Manor Ground but Ilkeston created the bulk of the chances and were unlucky to lose. Gibson McNaughton in particular was most unfortunate. One of his efforts smashed against the bar and another goalbound shot was deflected just wide. Mansfield took the lead on 10 minutes when Ben Hall could only parry a shot and Varley followed up to score. Priestley scored a breakaway goal when he screwed the ball into the net early in the second half. Ilkeston toiled away manfully in search of a way back but a goal would not come.

CHRISTMAS CRACKER AT HEANOR
25TH DECEMBER 1948
HEANOR ATHLETIC 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2
A thrilling but robust encounter ended with a deserved Ilkeston victory although Heanor were unlucky to lose Harrison through injury during the first half. Ilkeston got off to the perfect start on 2 minutes. Gibson McNaughton found Cyril Whate whose low cross was met first time by Alwyn Booth to put Town ahead.

Ten man Heanor did most of the attacking after the break but Ilkeston were solid in defence. In the end the second goal fell to Town when Booth scored, again from a Whate cross.

DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR HEANOR
26TH DECEMBER 1948
ILKESTON TOWN 3 HEANOR ATHLETIC 0
Ilkeston completed a Christmas double over their neighbours in another thrilling game although this time Town’s manner of victory was more decisive. Early on Ken Rigley (ex Ilkeston) cleared a Gibson McNaughton header off the line and then Alwyn Booth struck the bar. Town took the lead when Arthur Grant’s corner was headed in by Frank Bell. Dick Hogg, the former Ilkeston goalkeeper, had his work cut out during the rest of the half as Town went in search of more goals.

The second came early in the second half when Cyril Whate headed home a Booth cross. Town made it three when McNaughton hooked the ball into the centre and Booth’s diving header was a perfect finish. Bell had a goal disallowed for offside near the end.

TOWN REACH SEMIS IN FIVE GOAL THRILLER
1ST JANUARY 1949
SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE 2 ILKESTON TOWN 3 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP QUARTER-FINAL)
This was a superb game played in driving rain and sleet. South Normanton dominated the first half but were repeatedly thwarted by Ben Hall who had an inspired game. Yet it was Ilkeston who led at half time due to a fine solo effort by Alwyn Booth and it would have been two but for Bullock’s outstanding save from Cyril Whate’s point blank range effort.

South Normanton had a great chance to equalise after the break when Syd Burrows handled but Flewitt’s penalty was saved by Hall. The game was exciting enough but it reached fever pitch in an extraordinary last ten minutes. Cochrane equalised following a goalmouth scramble on 80 minutes only for Town to go back in front when Frank Ellmer found Frank Bell who scored with a powerful shot inside the area. Jack Stacey appeared to make the game safe when he scored from the penalty spot but the home side dramatically pulled a goal back on 89 minutes when Griffin’s shot was deflected into his own net by Cyril Fisher. Ilkeston survived an anxious final minute to book a place in the last four.

CORINTHIANS FINALLY CRUMBLE
8TH JANUARY 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 4 DERBY CORINTHIANS 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND)
Ilkeston made it through to the quarter-finals of the Senior Cup but they didn’t have it all their own way and it was not until well into the second half that victory was assured. It was a hard fought encounter with precious little to choose between the teams but Ilkeston finally took the lead on 35 minutes. Arthur Grant broke down the left before sending over a high cross for Gibson McNaughton to head in. Frank Bell added a second soon after when he shot home following a corner. Charlie Nicklin (later an Ilkeston player) nearly pulled a goal back before half time but saw his shot go over the bar.

Parke went even closer after the break but his goalbound shot was headed to safety by Cyril Fisher. McNaughton headed over at the other end but he was rewarded a minute later with an excellent goal. Frank Bell produced a brilliant solo goal to make it four but Corinthians scored a deseved consolation goal by Barber before the end.

HARD FOUGHT WIN AT WORKSOP
15TH JANUARY 1949
WORKSOP TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston’s excellent recent form continued with their tenth win in eleven games but they spent large chunks of the game on the defensive against a spirited Worksop team. Ilkeston got off to a great start when Fred Johnson accepted Alwyn Booth’s pass before sending in a swerving rising shot from 20 yards. Worksop applied plenty of pressure for the remainder of the half but Ilkeston held firm.

The game continued in similar fashion after the break and it was no surprise when Wordsworth netted a close range equaliser. Town appeared to be in peril when Frank Ellmer went off injured for a few minutes but they scored the winner during his absence. It was Johnson again with this time Arthur Grant the provider. Worksop pressed hard for another equaliser but found the well organised Ilkeston defence in no mood to give anything away.

HELD AT HOME
22ND JANUARY 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 2 WORKSOP TOWN 2
Worksop proved themselves to be difficult opponents once again and Ilkeston could count themselves lucky to escape with a point. Copnell put the visitors ahead but Ilkeston levelled before half time when Alwyn Booth’s fierce shot was turned into his own net by Baird.

After Fred Johnson went close shortly after half time Ilkeston took the lead when Arthur Grant set up Gibson McNaughton for a fine goal. Despite this setback for the visitors they took complete control. Mitchell rammed in an equaliser and although Johnson headed over a glorious chance for Ilkeston it seemed to be only a matter of time before Worksop would score again. This they did through Mitchell in the final few minutes but Ilkeston breathed a huge sigh of relief when the referee disallowed it.

TOWN GO SECOND WITH FINE WIN AT MATLOCK
29TH JANUARY 1949
MATLOCK TOWN 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston moved up into second place in the Central Alliance thanks to an excellent second half performance. The first half saw Matlock create plenty of problems, not least Dawes who beat the offside trap to put Matlock ahead on 22 minutes.

Fred Johnson equalised early in the second half when he raced on to Gibson McNaughton’s long ball down the middle and Town took control from then on. Johnson crossed for the onrushing Frank Bell to smash in the winner but they could easily have added more. Bell struck the post, Alwyn Booth fired just over and the same player aimed for the top corner only to be denied by Jenkinson.

ILKESTON STROLL TO VICTORY IN LEAGUE CUP
5TH FEBRUARY 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 2 DERBY CARRIAGE & WAGON 0 (LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND)
Bottom club Derby C&W put up little resistance and were easily beaten by a Town team that didn’t play particularly well. Played on a hard surface Syd Burrows was unlucky to see his first half penalty brilliantly saved by Morley but Town did take the lead on 22 minutes from an excellent 18 yard drive by Alwyn Booth.

The second goal arrived on 52 minutes when Fred Johnson put Frank Bell away down the left to score with a fierce angled drive. Arthur Grant forced a good save before Cyril Fisher had to retire from the match after being accidentally kicked in the head. Even with only ten men Ilkeston had further chances to extend the lead but they failed to make the most of them.

SHEEPBRIDGE SHATTERED BY FINE TOWN DISPLAY
12TH FEBRUARY 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 4 SHEEPBRIDGE 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL)
Sheepbridge, the leaders of the Chesterfield & District Senior League, had to thank their goalkeeper Hughes for keeping the score down, particularly during the first half. Ilkeston were still able to score twice before the break. On 30 minutes Cyril Whate and Gibson McNaughton combined cleverly down the right before Frank Bell scored with a first time shot. Thirteen minutes later McNaughton’s perfect cross was met by Alwyn Booth whose header flew just inside the post.

In the 66th minute Hughes was punished for his only mistake when his poor clearance went straight to Booth who banged the ball into the empty net. A minute later Ilkeston scored their fourth when Booth found Arthur Grant who slammed the ball into the roof of the net. Newton scored a consolation with a first time shot within a minute but Ilkeston could have scored more. Bell had a goal disallowed for offside.

ALL ROVER FOR ILKESTON
19TH FEBRUARY 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 0 GRESLEY ROVERS 3 (DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP SEMI FINAL)
Gresley Rovers thoroughly deserved to book their place in the Derbyshire Divisional Cup Final. Ilkeston, two goals down at half time, desperately threw men forward after the break and were unlucky not to score. Simnett saved well from Syd Burrows, Frank Bell’s effort glanced off the post and Frank Ellmer also struck the post but Bodell’s 84th minute fierce shot ensured victory for Gresley.

Rovers played particularly well in the first half and took a deserved lead in the 29th minute after Wainwright had a goal disallowed for offside. Ralph Tunstall, the former Ilkeston player, put them ahead. Bell forced a good save from Simnett before Gresley went further ahead two minutes before the break. Wainwright’s shot was only half stopped by Ben Hall and Fred Johnson could only help it into his own net.

HEANOR THROUGH TO LEAGUE CUP SEMIS
26TH FEBRUARY 1949
HEANOR ATHLETIC 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1 (LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL)
Heanor deservedly won this local derby against an Ilkeston side lacking punch and cohesion. Ben Hall came to Ilkeston’s rescue during the opening 15 minutes with several fine saves including a memorable one to deny Calvert from 20 yards. However, on 20 minutes they broke the deadlock when ex Ilkeston player Bates found Harrison who screwed the ball home. Bivens and Wass then had shots saved by Hall yet Ilkeston managed to equalise completely against the run of play. Fred Martin made a long run forward and although Nathan Howe’s shot that followed was saved Fred Johnson netted the rebound.

Johnson appeared to be brought down in the second half but no penalty was awarded. Heanor made the most of this good fortune. Although Wass somehow managed to put the ball wide from two yards Bivens did better when handed an opportunity on a plate by a defensive error. He fired the ball in low and true to end Town’s hopes of winning the League Cup.

UNLUCKY TOWN BEATEN BY LEADERS
5TH MARCH 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 0 WHITWICK COLLIERY 2
Whitwick moved a step closer to the Central Alliance title but Ilkeston were desperately unlucky not to get at least a point. The first half was even with both sides showing plenty of attacking ideas. Alwyn Booth put the ball into the net early on but his effort was ruled out. Whitwick looked dangerous too. Jarvis shot over and Middleton had a low shot saved by Ben Hall. Ilkeston retaliated with long range efforts by Booth and Nathan Howe just off target. Town’s Jack Stacey and Whitwick’s Burton both had to leave the pitch for attention although both were able to resume after treatment. Whitwick took the lead a minute before half time. Smart’s fierce free kick was blocked by Hall and Rowell thumped in the loose ball.

Ilkeston dominated after the break as they went in search of an equaliser. Lovell made several fine saves, a number of shots were blocked and Arthur Grant spurned a golden opportunity when he screwed the ball wide with the goal at his mercy. The visitors killed off Town’s challenge with a late breakaway goal. Rowell sent Jarvis clear and he coolly placed the ball past the advancing Hall.

ILKESTON FALL TO ANOTHER DEFEAT
12TH MARCH 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 1 OLLERTON COLLIERY 2
Once again Town dominated a game and created plenty of chances but misfortune in front of goal sent them crashing to a fourth successive defeat. Hicking scored from close range to put Ollerton ahead on 23 minutes but Town deservedly equalised when Frank Bell beat the offside trap, ran 30 yards, and rounded the goalkeeper for a superbly taken goal.

Ilkeston bombarded Ollerton in the second half. Frank Ellmer twice clipped the bar, Fred Martin went close several times and Town had four efforts cleared off the line before Ollerton stunned them by taking the lead on 70 minutes. Roberts broke clear from the Ilkeston defence before shooting in from an acute angle. Still Ilkeston piled forward but Ollerton held firm to clinch a somewhat fortunate victory.

FANTASTIC AT FOREST
19TH MARCH 1949
NOTTINGHAM FOREST "A" 1 ILKESTON TOWN 2
Ilkeston’s excellent away form continued and their six month unbeaten league run on their travels was maintained. The result could be put into true perspective by the revelation that this was Forest’s first home defeat of the season. Yet it was a hard fought game and the result was in doubt right until the final whistle. Ilkeston were the better side in the first half and Alwyn Booth went close on three occasions but the deadlock was broken by Forest five minutes after the break. Martin’s piledriver was parried by Ben Hall and Dickinson blasted in the rebound. Ilkeston fought back strongly and Nathan Howe beat Platts from Gibson McNaughton’s cross to level the scores. The winner came ten minutes later following further Ilkeston pressure. McNaughton was the provider again and Booth finished with a good header. The final minutes were tense but Ilkeston remained solid as Forest mounted sustained attacks.

ILKESTON AT THE DOUBLE
26TH MARCH 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 3 NOTTINGHAM FOREST "A" 1
Town beat Forest’s juniors for the second time in a week but again had to come from behind. Martin was allowed a free run and finished with a fierce shot during an even first half.

Ilkeston took complete control after the interval. On 52 minutes Fred Martin squared to Alwyn Booth and although his close range shot was stopped by Dennis Ward (an Ilkeston goalkeeper over ten years later) Nathan Howe nipped in to equalise. Five minutes later Howe’s high cross was met by Booth with a perfect header to put Town ahead. The third goal came following a clever move between Gibson McNaughton and Howe, Booth finishing with his left foot from close range. McNaughton was twice unlucky not to score. Ward saved his header and a powerful shot rattled the bar.

BOLSOVER NO MATCH FOR RAMPANT TOWN
2ND APRIL 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 5 BOLSOVER COLLIERY 0
Ilkeston could have won by an even bigger margin against a weak Bolsover side. Gibson McNaughton put Town ahead on 15 minutes despite protests that the ball had not crossed the line. Five minutes later Arthur Grant crossed low across the face of the goal for Nathan Howe to race in and score with a fierce shot. Town were down to ten men briefly when Frank Ellmer collided with the goalkeeper but it was not long before they scored a third. Again there were Bolsover protests as they were convinced that Howe handled before scoring.

The second half was more of the same. Fred Martin added two nice goals and Ilkeston thought they should have had a penalty when Alwyn Booth was brought down. He finished the game limping.

ILKESTON CRASH AFTER THREE GOAL LEAD
9TH APRIL 1949
MANSFIELD TOWN "A" 5 ILKESTON TOWN 3
Alwyn Booth scored a hat-trick inside the first half hour but Mansfield stormed back to win. This defeat ended any remote possibility Ilkeston had of winning the Central Alliance. Ilkeston began the game brilliantly and took the lead on 15 minutes. Gibson McNaughton sent Nathan Howe away up the right and his perfect cross was flicked in by Booth. The second goal came five minutes later in almost identical fashion and Booth completed his hat-trick when he rammed home a penalty following a handling offence. The first signs of a Mansfield comeback came on 30 minutes through Parsons and he added another before half time.

Ilkeston fell apart in the second half, their only effort of note being a Howe shot that rattled the bar. Mansfield’s equaliser was scored by Eaton after he combined well with Les Smith. Smith (later a legendary Ilkeston captain) scored the next from the spot after Albert Ball handled and the fifth goal belonged to Vardy in the last minute.

BAD FRIDAY FOR ILKESTON
15TH APRIL 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 0 MATLOCK TOWN 3
Ilkeston were well beaten in this Good Friday fixture and they never got over the loss of Fred Johnson (leg injury) after 15 minutes. The ten men were no match for the visitors. Dawes scored twice for Matlock before half time and completed a hat-trick after the break.

UNDER STRENGTH TOWN GO DOWN FIGHTING
16TH APRIL 1949
TEVERSAL & SILVERHILL COLLIERY 2 ILKESTON TOWN 1
An under strength Ilkeston side produced a creditable performance and deserved a point. Their task had been made all the harder by an injury to Ken Paxton early in the second half and he was reduced to the role of passenger. A few chances were missed, Nathan Howe being particularly wasteful. In the first half he should have done better than to drag his shot wide with only the goalkeeper to beat and he fired against the bar when in a similar situation after half time. Town took the lead with a freak goal when Frank Bell’s cross completely deceived Dudley and bounced in off the post. Teversal were level on 43 minutes when H. Hill produced a fine header from Braddon’s free kick.

The home side’s winner came ten minutes after half time when L. Hill headed in a Booth centre. The game then deteriorated into a scrappy affair although Ilkeston did most of the pressing, to no avail.

MAC ATTACK
18TH APRIL 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 4 STANTON IRONWORKS 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP SEMI FINAL)
Gibson McNaughton was the Ilkeston hero as his hat-trick sent them through to the final for the third time in four years. The first half was fairly even and Stanton showed their intent with three early corners but Ilkeston attacked frequently too. When they did they found Bacon in good form in the Stanton goal. Ilkeston went ahead following a delightful one-two between McNaughton and Fred Martin but the visitors soon equalised. Taking advantage of a weak tackle by Frank Ellmer, Stuart rattled in a fierce cross shot. Ilkeston took the lead before half time when Nathan Howe found Ellmer who pulled the ball back for Alwyn Booth to score from a narrow angle.

There were thrills galore in the second half with Ilkeston the more dominant. McNaughton scored his second from an Arthur Grant corner and he completed his hat-trick with a beautiful shot following excellent work by Grant.

McLOCHLAN LAST GASP LEVELLER EARNS DESERVED POINT
19TH APRIL 1949
SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1
McLochlan’s superbly taken last minute goal when he raced onto Taffy Williams’ through ball earned Ilkeston a thoroughly deserved point at South Normanton. They fielded an under strength team for their fourth game in 96 hours but their relentless pressure in driving rain after the home side went in front showed great character. Town were also hindered by an injury to Frank Hembury that led him to being a passenger. This was his final appearance in a Town shirt. South Normanton could point to having two goals disallowed and being thwarted by some excellent goalkeeping by Rowland. The goalkeeper could do little about the goal, a Ken Allcock (later an Ilkeston player) penalty following a foul on Flewitt.

LATE KICK OFF PROVIDES LITTLE ENTERTAINMENT
23RD APRIL 1949
DERBY CARRIAGE & WAGON 0 ILKESTON TOWN 2
A breakdown in communication led to Ilkeston arriving after the planned kick off time and the match commenced an hour after its scheduled start. The match was very scrappy with few moments of interest but any decent football on view came from Ilkeston. Town took the lead a minute before half time. Clever play by Alwyn Booth released Nathan Howe down the right and his high cross was headed in by McLochlan. On 68 minutes McLochlan scored with his head again after Howe headed the ball into the centre. It could have been three but Fred Martin’s fine shot was somehow stopped by Morley in the home goal.

BURROWS PENALTY SETTLES COMPETITIVE GAME
25TH APRIL 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 1 SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE 0
This was a robust game filled with strong tackling but there was plenty to please the crowd. Ilkeston were slightly the better team during the first half and Bullock was forced into good saves from Alwyn Booth and Gibson McNaughton. When McLochlan’s shot was blocked on the line and fell to McNaughton two yards out it required a Robinson handball to momentarily prevent Town from going in front. Syd Burrows powered home the resultant penalty. Ben Hall and the rest of Town’s defence held firm as South Normanton went in search of an equaliser before half time.

The second half belonged to the visitors but Ilkeston somehow managed to preserve their lead. Burrows nicked the ball off Allcock (who joined Town a year later) when he looked certain to score and Peter Howe somehow managed to get away with a blatant handball inside the area. There were huge sighs of relief at the final whistle.

WHITWICK HEAD FOR TITLE
26TH APRIL 1949
WHITWICK COLLIERY 3 ILKESTON TOWN 0
Whitwick almost made certain of winning the Central Alliance with an emphatic second half performance. Ilkeston played well during the opening 20 minutes but were a thoroughly beaten side by the end. Burton opened the scoring on 49 minutes, Jarvis got the second with fifteen minutes to go and a scorching low shot by Tooley completed the scoring.

WIN FLATTERS ILKESTON IN END OF SEASON BORE
7TH MAY 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 4 MIDLAND WOODWORKERS 2
Midland Woodworkers were the better of two poor sides yet it was Ilkeston who scored the goals that mattered. Town went ahead when McLochlan met Nathan Howe’s corner with a first time shot. Clarkestone equalised and Caithness put the Splinters ahead with a fine goal. Fred Martin equalised just before half time.

Woodworkers continued to play the better football until Martin put Town ahead. McLochlan’s fine shot near the end secured a fortunate win for Ilkeston.

FINAL UNDECIDED
14TH MAY 1949
ILKESTON TOWN 1 SOUTH NORMANTON MINERS WELFARE 1 (DERBYSHIRE SENIOR CUP FINAL)
Ilkeston entered the final hoping it would be third time lucky. The 1-1 result meant that both teams lived to fight another day although it was decided that the replay would take place at the start of the following season. Both teams had chances to win but South Normanton rued their failure to score more than once as they missed six one on ones during normal time, each of the efforts going wide. They took the lead on 42 minutes when Morrison eluded Syd Burrows before firing in a low cross shot.

South Normanton seemed happy to sit back on their lead after half time and play became scrappy. Jack Stacey and South Normanton’s Baker clashed heads which resulted in Baker going off for treatment whilst Stacey continued in a daze. Before long he left the field for treatment, then returned briefly before leaving the pitch once more, and then rejoined the game in a better state. The goal that most of the 4,100 crowd wanted to see came in the 68th minute. Alwyn Booth played a long ball down the middle for McLochlan to run onto and shoot past the advancing Bullock. A similar chance fell to McLochlan before the 90 minutes were up but Bullock saved on that occasion.

Both teams tired noticeably during extra time. Harper tested Town goalkeeper Ben Hall but it was Ilkeston who came closest to winning. Bullock just kept out Booth’s effort as it appeared to be crossing the line.